Dimensions: 6cm by 10cm
Material: Cotton paper, Gold paint, Graphite and Black ink
THE AUREATE CODEX/ THE GOLDEN BOOK
Arthur Bloye began using this symbol to test people's creativity during his studies at Central St. Martins. He would ask people to transform eight copies of the symbol into eight unique drawings. During the course of his studies, he has adopted the symbol as a signature and it is a recurring motif within this book.
After visiting the Picasso and Paper exhibition at the Royal Academy, Arthur Bloye stole away with a little Khadi sketchbook and a lot of inspiration, after all, good artist copy, great artist steal.
This book is titled the Aureate Codex (aka. the Golden Book), because of the influence of medieval manuscripts on the images and writings within this book. Alongside the historical influences is the contemporary artist Peter Moore, whose modern manuscripts paved the way for this book.
Often in the manuscript, one reading is presented overtly, while a second more rewarding reading lies disguised within the page, therefore, you are encouraged to investigate the references and consider the materiality of the object. If you are viewing the manuscript on your phone you are encouraged to rotate your device where you feel this is appropriate.
There is also content which at first glance may appear inaccessible, this is a deliberate evocation of the inaccessibility of a medieval manuscript. Though the pdf through which you can visit this manuscript is a poor substitute for the object itself the artist has included the complete manuscript in order in case you are inclined to journey through the book.